The Superior Octopus #1 Review

Posted October 4, 2018 by Kyle Simcox in Comic Books

Written By: Christos N. Gage

Art By: Mike Hawthorne

Published By: Marvel Comics

Doctor Octopus is at it again. After the events of Spider-Man’s “Go Down Swinging Arc” and tying into “Spider-geddon”, Otto has packed his bags and moved to San Fransisco in hopes of starting over and proving to the world that he can truly be the hero the city needs… The superior hero that it deserves. In Superior Octopus #1, Otto is seen spending his days teaching and avoiding his old love interest, Anna Marie at Horizon University as Doctor Elliot Tolliver. By night, he fights crime and aids the city in anyway he can from his base of operations located under an auto body shop known as the “Auto Empire”(c’mon Otto!).

While that might sound pretty basic as far as super hero stories go, Otto Octavius was one a bad dude who has made a name for himself as a villain and those old stories come back to haunt him throughout the comic. The people of San Fransisco remember that he threw his lot in with Hydra during Secret Empire so that he could get back at Peter Parker. Other villains don’t expect Otto to go straight and they’re waiting for him to go back to his old ways but he’s out to prove them wrong. Otto might be trying to play the part of hero but he’s still just as stubborn and arrogant as ever. It really does feel like Otto wants to play for the good guys finally though, even if he seems to be bordering on “anti-hero” territory. The best part of this book is that it brings with it the same vibes as Superior Spider-Man but this time Otto isn’t wearing another hero’s skin and it’s challenging him to prove himself.

The artwork is really good and I love Otto’s designs. Despite being a clone of Peter Parker, you can tell Otto has made some tweaks to the model which prevents him from being “just another clone”. His super hero outfit is and always has been pretty wicked. Other characters, like Anna Marie, do seem to falter a bit though but that’s just my opinion.

If you were a fan of the Superior Spider-Man series, then do yourself a favor and pick up “The Superior Octopus #1”. The ending is great and offers a really cool revelation about Otto’s current state. If it doesn’t get you hyped for the upcoming “Spider-geddon” event, then it’ll certainly give you something to look forward to when December rolls around and “The Superior Spider-Man” returns.

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Kyle Simcox